Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs

Ft. Mitchell council to review budget plan

        FORT MITCHELL - City Council will meet in special session at 7 p.m. tonight to discuss and review the proposed city budget for fiscal 2001-2002.

        City Administrator Bill Goetz said the meeting will involve going over all sections of the budget, which is nearly the same as the current budget. Projected revenues are slightly lower than 2000-2001.

        “There's nothing major, nothing spectacular in the budget,” he said. “Our main expenditures for capital projects are for street and road repair.”

Butler man to manage ham radio chapter

        A Butler, Ky. man has been elected manager of the Kentucky Section of the ham radio operators' national organization — the American Radio Relay League.

        John Meyers, 54, took office April 1. As the manager of the section, Mr. Meyers represents 1,800 amateur ham operators in Kentucky.

        The ARRL is an amateur organization with more than 170,000 members.

        Mr. Meyers, whose amateur call sign is N4GNL, has been a member of ARRL since 1981.

        Other Kentucky field staff appointments include:

        Marie East, Maysville,, affiliated club coordinator

        Ronald Dodson of Webster, emergency coordinator.

[photo] CLEANING UP: Gary Spiller, who works at Mike Fink Restaurant in Covington, uses a high-pressure hose to clean mud left by high Ohio River water from the restaurant's parking lot. Increased river levels have left messes all along both banks.
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        William C. Burger, Frankfort, state government liaison.

        William J. Slayman, Benton, traffic manager.

        Joe Pollack, Louisville, technical coordinator.

        Stephen E. McCallum, Lexington, Ky., public information.

        Bill Hillyerd, Henderson, official observer coordinator.

        Tom L. Lykins, Louisa, silent key chronicler.

        Craig Still, Berea, digital modes.

        Patrick Spencer, Lexington, Internet coordinator.

        The following were appointed as assistant regional managers for the ARRL Kentucky section.

        William Call, Murray, north.

        Jim Hicks, Williamsburg, south.

        Fred Jones, Louisa, east.

        William Uschan, Frankfort, central.

Sawyer Brown added to Everly concert

        CENTRAL CITY — The country music group Sawyer Brown will fill out the lineup for the 14th Everly Brothers Homecoming concert this fall. But they might be upstaged by Phil and Don Everly, who have said this could be the last year they'll perform with their full band.

        A spokesman for the Sept. 1 concert, the centerpiece of the Central City Music Festival, said he is unsure what role the brothers would play in the future.

        The Everly Brothers recorded the hit “Bye Bye Love,” which reached No. 1 on the country music charts in 1957. Their other hits include “Wake Up Little Susie” and “When Will I Be Loved.”

        Sawyer Brown has recorded the hits “Step That Step,” “Used to Blue” and “Cafe Down on the Corner.”

        The music festival attracted crowds of up to 20,000 in the early 1990s. In later years, however, attendance has dwindled, especially when the Everly Brothers didn't perform.

Bomb squad finds only sand in canisters

        FORT KNOX — Two canisters removed from Interstate 64 in Indiana by bomb disposal experts contained only sand, the Army said Tuesday.

        The canisters are used by the military and law enforcement to ship training munitions and had been taped together, said Public Affairs Officer John Rickey at the U.S. Armor Center in Fort Knox.

        Police detoured the eastbound lanes of Interstate 64 for about three hours Monday after drivers reported seeing the two objects.

        The Army's Criminal Investigations Division is trying to determine whether the tubes came from military inventories, Mr. Rickey said.

        The objects were olive drab tubes with markings similar to those used in the military, said Sgt. Marvin Jenkins, a spokesman for the Indiana State Police.

        Sgt. Jenkins said the tubes were about a foot long and up to 3 inches in diameter. The objects were removed by the 703rd Explosive Ordnance Detachment and taken to Fort Knox for further analysis, Mr. Rickey said.

Five people killed in Ky. holiday traffic

        FRANKFORT — Five people were killed on Kentucky roads during the Memorial Day holiday, the lowest total in eight years, Kentucky State Police reported Tuesday.

        None of those killed was wearing a seat belt. One was a motorcyclist without a helmet, and alcohol was a factor in four mishaps, according to state police figures.

        The holiday period began at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at midnight Monday. Eleven people died in road crashes during the holiday period last year. This year's holiday toll was comparable to 1993, when the death toll was four.

        Deputy Commissioner Linda Smith attributed the sudden dip to “high visibility enforcement” of traffic laws, including hundreds of safety checkpoints to emphasize seat belt usage.

        “The numbers speak for themselves,” Ms. Smith said in a statement. “For the last three years, there have been 11 fatalities on Kentucky's roads during Memorial Day weekend. This year the number dropped by more than 50 percent.

        “We think that the fact that we and the other law enforcement agencies around the state were out in force ... contributed greatly to the low fatality rate this year,” Ms. Smith said.

        Crashes occurred in Kenton, Hardin, Clark, Harlan and Pulaski counties.

        The “Click It or Ticket” seat belt campaign began May 21 and ends Sunday. State police said 835 checkpoints had been conducted through the end of the holiday period.

        The agency said 5,239 speeding tickets had been issued, along with 2,891 citations for seat belt violations and 386 citations for failing to have a child buckled up.

        Officers also apprehended 95 fugitives, recovered 14 stolen vehicles and made 153 drug arrests and 5433 “other arrests,” according to the figures.

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YMCA plans three new Tristate facilities
- Kentucky News Briefs
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